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The Dennos Museum Center

Eric Daigh: Happiness is a Target

Eric DaighDecember 4, 2011 - April 1, 2012

Portraitist Eric Daigh presents a collection of works spanning his career to date. Claiming to be a photographer sometimes and a painter at others, Daigh is probably best placed in the category of mosaic. His works often include an arrangement of small pixels, most notably pushpins that form a larger picture. Daigh won acclaim in 2009 by taking 3rd place in the inaugural ArtPrize competition, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since then, Daigh has gone on to group and solo shows nationwide, commissions, collections, larger works, etc. This show will features works from the very beginning of Daigh's career in pushpins, as well as recent work involving sculptural installations and street art. 


In my work I aim to explore themes of individuality and representation. My subjects are imprisoned, diluted, marginalized. Their escape, however, is imminent. Whether a symptom of corporate and social homogenization, or the four base pairs of DNA, we are products of just a small handful of variables. In five colors of plastic, you can be reproduced.I enjoy very much making something digital with my hands.

I enjoy making work that requires a physical proximity. I enjoy the fact that this work travels from the intangible, the binary, to the tactile, the singular. By invoking these mediums, I hope to generate a dialogue and sentiment that has something to do with the effort, repetition, focus, discipline, absurdity, and love that went into its making. Ultimately, then, I hope those themes come crashing through the human in front of you, and spill over onto those you're standing next to, those you know and those you have yet to know. I hope you spend more time staring at people's faces and that you feel something in the process.


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Image: I wanted to be famous so she could find me, Pushpins on board, 50"x35"